Kandhamal: It seems likely that Naxal leader Sabyasachi Panda, who has kept the Italian national Paolo Bosusco hostage to force the government to agree to his demands, may just have committed a big blunder and in fact, put his own safety at risk.
CNN-IBN has learnt that the local Dalit community, which was his main support base in Kandhamal up until now, is not supporting him on the hostage issue.
At a local church in Daringbadi on Good Friday, a special prayer was in fact organised for the early release of Bosusco. Many locals have known the Italian national for two decades, and are deeply hurt by the fact that he was kidnapped by the Maoist leader.
Chandrabati Nayak, a local resident, says, "If Naxals indulge in such abduction, they will lose our support. We pray before God that Bosusco may be released soon."...more
08:35 AM, Apr 09, 2012
Bhubaneswar: From security forces to former policemen, nobody seems to agree that the decision by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to release Naxals to secure the return of the Italian hostage Paolo Bosusco is a good one. Swaranjit Sen, former DGP, Andhra Pradesh, said, "It's like history repeating itself without any lessons being learnt. Talks have only benefited the Maoists. This new deadline of 96 hours for releasing 7 Naxals...
07:14 AM, Apr 07, 2012